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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

"When Cops ‘Steal’ Drugs, the Results Can Spin Out of Control"

Jonathan Witmer-Rich (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law) has this interesting op-ed in The New York Times. In part:

For more than a dozen years, the Department of Justice has been secretly seizing drugs from drug dealers. When the ruse works, the dealers think a rival criminal stole the drugs, and the Justice Department continues its investigation. The problem is that the dealers may retaliate against the rival or others they wrongly think are responsible. This practice of covert drug seizures is putting innocent lives at risk, and it’s time for Congress to step in.

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